Butterflies: July 2021
Worth marshes was busy with Red Admirals with at least 34 seen mid-morning. A few Painted Lady’s were also present. A Ringlet was in Little Gully on the Estate.
The BMS had over 200 butterflies. They were 85 ‘small’ Skippers, five Small Whites, five Small Coppers, six Brown Argus, one Common Blue, eight Red Admirals, ten Marbled Whites, 54 Meadow Browns, 47 Gatekeepers, six Small Heaths, and two Ringlets.
A few Commas are beginning to appear among the many Red Admirals in the area.
A sunny New Downs produced a good variety. There were 28 Red Admirals, two Painted Lady’s, three Peacocks, two Small Tortoiseshells, 20 Small Whites, one Comma, one Green-veined White, two Large Whites, 46 Marbled Whites, one Small Copper, three Gatekeepers, 46 ‘small’ Skippers, seven Meadow Browns, and three Small Heaths.
Two Ringlets were flitting around the Gullies.
Red Admirals were out in force today in the sunshine, basking on any dusty path that lay ahead of you around the Estate and Mary Bax. More Meadow Browns were around than in the past few days.
The bright sunny day brought out a couple of Small Heaths and another generation of Small Coppers around Royal St. George’s Golf Course and the Whitehouse. Otherwise there were 13 Marbled Whites and five ‘small’ Skippers.
A walk through Restharrow Dunes late in the afternoon produced six Meadow Browns, five Marbled Whites and 11 ‘small skippers’ against the lovely orange dusky sky.
Walks around the Estate while counting Lizard Orchids kicked up quite a few butterflies that couldn’t be ignored, including a Meadow Brown, Large White, Red Admiral, 19 Marbled Whites, and 11 ‘small skippers’.
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